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The Sapphire Child

(The Raj Hotel #2)

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  1,292 ratings  ·  50 reviews
In the dying days of the Raj, can paths divided by time and circumstance ever find each other again?

In 1930s Northern India, childhood friends Stella and Andrew have grown up together in the orbit of the majestic Raj Hotel. Spirited Stella has always had a soft spot for boisterous Andrew, though she dreams of meeting a soulmate from outside the close-knit community. But li
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Karren  Sandercock
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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India 1933: Stella Dubois and Andrew Lomax grew up together playing at the Raj Hotel in Rawalpindi. Stella’s father Charlie Dubois is the manager of the hotel and Andrew’s father Tom Lomax is the owner. When Andrew gets into trouble at school, his mother Lydia insists he visits her in Scotland and Stella is given the opportunity to go with him. They will need a chaperone to accompany them aboard the ship, Miss Moria Jessop is employed by the Tom Lomax to keep an eye on the teenagers and she’s no ...more
Louise Wilson
Dec 09, 2020 rated it liked it
The Raj Hotel #2

1930's Nothern India childhood friends Stella and Andrew have grown up together in the orbit of the majestic Raj Hotel. Stella has always had a soft spot for Andrew but she dreams of meeting a soulmate from outside her close knit community. But scandal shatters Stella and Andrew's friendship. As WWII looms,Andrew joins the army to fight for freedom. Stella is reeling from her horrible betrayal so she throws herself into the war effort, volunteering for the women's Auxiliary Corp
nicole baines
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book just as much as the prequel. Often I find a second book can be a disappointment, with loose ends not tied up, but the detail in this book was phenomenal. I don’t think there’s a single character from The Emerald Affair who’s fate you don’t discover. I also don’t find the storyline predictable and the detail about the war, the lead up to that period and the challenges faced by the people who lived through it seem to be very well researched and described accurately. Well worth ...more
Ele #FreePalestine
Feb 28, 2021 rated it did not like it
Not ANOTHER ONE. How many books are being published romancing the evil imperialism of the British Empire???? And ignoring the pain suffered by the people of India???? No, empire wasn't some romantic tourist getaway, thank you very much. It was murder and theft. ...more
Chai tea anyone? You’ll need it if you’re hunkering down with Janet MacLeod Trotter’s ‘The Sapphire Child’ to be published December 08, 2020. You are about to embark on a 524-page evocative journey back to Rawalpindi in the foothills of the Himalayas and discover what life was like in colonial India.

Set against the sweeping grandeur of the Himalayas in Northern India in 1933, Trotter shares the story of childhood friends, Stella Dubois and Andrew Lomax. Andrew’s father and stepmother own the vi
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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The Sapphire Child by Janet MacLeod Trotter is Book 2 in The Raj Hotel Series and will be published with Lake Union Publishing on December 8th 2020. Having read, and thoroughly enjoyed, The Emerald Affair, Book 1 in this series, I was delighted to be returning to India and to the gorgeous and atmospheric imagery that Janet MacLeod Trotter writes about so well. I wrote in December 2019 that The Emerald Affair was ‘a sweeping tale, taking the reader on a journey from Scotland to India’ and The Sap ...more
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Sapphire Child is the second in Janet MacLeod Trotter’s Raj Hotel series, though can be enjoyed as a standalone if you haven’t read the first book, The Emerald Affair. The book features many of the characters from the first book but brings more focus on the next generation as they grow to adulthood and the Second World War approaches.

Thirteen year old Andrew is the son of Tom Lomax and his estranged wife Lydia. At the beginning of the book, after an altercation which results in him leaving h
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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In 1930s Northern India, childhood friends Stella and Andrew have grown up together in the orbit of the majestic Raj Hotel. Spirited Stella has always had a soft spot for boisterous Andrew, though she dreams of meeting a soulmate from outside the close-knit community. But life is turned on its head when one scandal shatters their friendship and another sees her abandoned by the man she thought she loved.

As the Second World War looms, Andrew joins the army to fi
Mrs Annette Reeves
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Sapphire Child is the long awaited sequel in Raj hotel series. Set in Pindi during the 1930s it carries on the story of Esme and Tom from the first book through the eyes of Stella and Andrew, Tom’s son. The scene shifts from India to Scotland and back again. It follows Andrew’s discovery that all that he believed about his father was not as it seemed. The anger the resentment and lies wash through the story tearing father and son apart. Stella Dubois tries to protect Andrew and his parents w ...more
Maralie Toth
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a really enjoyable read for me, I found that i really enjoyed the characters and the uniqueness of the surroundings, being that it primarily took place in India and then the on going events of the war that was included within the story. It was want drew me into reading this one, as it had connections to the World Wars weaved throughout the story, putting yet another perspective on what it may have been like to experience the horror of living during the time of war.

This was a 5 star rea
Emma Watson
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This the story is split in two countries India & Scotland.

I hadn't really read anything about India what happened in the Second War II so it was interesting to read about that. They fought hard and the Japanese never made through India.

Andrew is living with his Father and Stepmother in India while in Scotland his Mother lives there, things happen that it is decided to go and stay in Scotland for a holiday this is where circumstances happen to change things for Andrew.

Stella works for Andrew's p
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
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The Sapphire Child by Janet MacLeod Trotter was just beautifully written throughout. This new book is the second book in The Raj Hotel series.
I love the way Janet writes. When I open all her books and start to read them, I always become apart of the story. I feel I am apart of The Sapphire Child. This new novel that spans across the ocean between Scotland and India; within a family who have ancestors on both continents and it's a long one. But don't let that put you off.....Before I knew it I wa
Reena G
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is a historical fiction which is set in Scotland and India in the 1930’s. It is a beautiful story about childhood friendship that evolves into love between Andy and Stella. As the war breaks everything changes in their lives. The book is long but one will never get bored of the detailed research the author has done. She describes India and the culture so well that readers will get right away transported into the era of The Raj. Even though it is the second book in the series it can be ...more
Apr 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Another easy read novel set in Scotland and India. It is escapist with great descriptions of places in India to allow me to travel from my home- the only option we seem to have in covid times.

I enjoyed the first in the series some time ago so when I spotted this on kindle for 88p I grabbed it.

It is well written, may not be entirely historically accurate but it's a good story - a bit of adventure combined with romance.

I had read the first in the series but I think this would stand alone if you ha
This is the sequel to the Raj Hotel. It follows seamlessly with the now teen, Andrew (Andy) and his parents Tom Lomax and MeMe, his beloved step-mom. This was a delightful sequel that follows Andrew when he goes home to Scotland to spend time with his natural mother, Lydia. Lydia can be a problem but still gets on pretty well with her son even though she has told him many lies about his father and step-mom. We also are taken into the beginning of WW2. Along the way we meet other family members i ...more
Vivian Brennan
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Epic and Spellbinding. Amazing Sequel

This book seamlessly followed on from Book 1. It was written with knowledge and passion. The narrative takes you back to a time of unbelievable sacrifice, strength, heartbreak and passion. The writing gives over to your imagination and you feel everything and can believe you are there. I don’t give spoilers read the book that’s why it was written.

Absolutely outstanding book

1 click now you will not be disappointed. Ensure you read Book 1 first
Melinda Anders
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Raj Hotel Series but i wasn't lost not reading the first one. Stella Dubois works at the hotel her parents run plus at an addition hotel where the owners of both hotels live in the mountains of India. They have a son, Andrew Lomax that is younger than Stella but they are still friends. Andrew"s parents are divorced and his mother lives in Scotland. When she asks for Andrew to come to Scotland for summer vacation Stella is sent as well to be a chaperone. Their trave ...more
Diane Bird
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Everything I hoped and more for the 2nd Raj Hotel series.

Having just finished this book I am feeling lost. I have been totally absorbed from beginning to end in the characters and locations of both Scotland and India. There was such warmth and knowledge of the lives and times that I felt a part of it. I would say it was a complete joy but admit to many tears also. Thank you. I can't wait for a third in the series
Kate Millin
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Life in Scotland and India before and during WW2

It took a bit of time to get back into the stories of Andrew and Stella. Andrew starts with a fight at school about his father and step mum and Stella is still helping at the two Lorax hotels. This is about how their relationships develop and how teenagers grow to adults with secrets and different views of the past being given to them by Andrews parents, especially his mother living in Scotland.
Morris-Ken Hines
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
I love this series

I learned so much from this book. In life we never know when life will end and in today's time of pandemics I was similar to time of war and we really should tell those we love that we love them greatly no matter the circumstances. I hope that there are more to come with The Raj Hotel
Jackie White
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Book 2 of 2 in The Raj series.

This one centres on Stella & Andrew, the next generation.

Includes WW2 and how this affects them all.

Ending was a bit predictable but the way the story got there was well written; I’ve never been to India but could imagine how everything looked from the writer’s descriptions.
Mr D Woolhouse
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring story of loyalty

This is a wonderful story that had me in tears .The love story between Andrew and Stella is amazing and unusual. The main characters of Tom and Esmie are inspiring . Lydia the spoilt young girl who turns into a selfish woman . I hope there is a third book in this series as I never want to stop reading the characters story .
Susan Baranoff
Feel good story set in WWII India, sequel to The Emerald Affair. Where the first book was beautifully written literature, this was a more simply told romance story. Most of the plot "twists" were obvious, but hoped for. In true Bollywood style (and paraphrasing John Lennon) "Life is like a film, it always has a happy ending and if it's not happy then it's not yet the end." ...more
Sandy Bradbrook
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very entertaining

This novel develops the charactes from the previous one and captures the atmosphere of India and of the war times really well. It has many emotional moments. The end point is predictable but nevertheless carefully woven.
It was enjoyable to read which is why I have described it as "entertaining"
May 18, 2021 rated it liked it
I thought for sure she was going to be Andrew's sister because in the 1st book they always say how she would had looked just like Tom and Mary's daughter. I thought someone had stolen her when she was a baby and the Dubois family had adopted her 😂😂 so at the beginning when Andy was starting to like her i was like nooo. ...more
Margaret Shumaker
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this

I enjoyed this second book nearly as much as the first, found it hard to put down. This starts in 1933 and continues through the end of the war. The settings, India and what is now Pakistan, are beautifully described and the war in that part of the world brought to life. Stella is a wonderful character you can care about.
Kivalina Mauck
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#Janet MacLeod Trotter ,# NetGally
Beautiful crafted novel. 500 pages so its a long read.
Sapphire Child in 1933 the sceen is set in Northern India . Story of Stella Dabois and Andrew Lomax friends as Children. Beautifuly crafted novel. I recomed this read.
Barbara Skelton
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant and accurate account of the war years in India.

I had family members who served in india, prior to and during the war and felt I knew the st nests in this book, well done Janet!!!!

Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved every page!

I enjoyed this book so much so that I read it over the course of 2 days. While I was able to predict the ending, I still loved it and hope that The Raj Hotel series continues! This was a beautiful story
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Janet was brought up in the North East of England with her four brothers, by Scottish parents. She is a best-selling author of 24 books, including the hugely popular INDIA TEA SERIES, THE JARROW TRILOGY and a childhood memoir, BEATLES & CHIEFS, which was featured on BBC Radio Four. Her novel, THE HUNGRY HILLS, gained her a place on the shortlist of The Sunday Times’ Young Writers’ Award, and the T ...more

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